Inaugural meeting of Dubai Future Council for Transportation discusses autonomous vehicles, technology and smart systems

DUBAI, 1st May, 2019 (WAM) — The Dubai Future Council for Transportation held its first meeting at the Dubai Future Academy under the chairmanship of Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority, RTA.

The 15 members of the council who were in attendance comprised experts and visionary leaders from the UAE and abroad.

Dubai Future Council for Transportation is one of the 13 councils that make up the Dubai Future Councils announced by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, as a platform for shaping the future of vital sectors in Dubai over the next 50 years.

The councils aim to enhance the transfer of knowledge and expertise to figure out effective solutions to various challenges. They are also entitled to launch nationwide initiatives to tackle existing and future opportunities and include an elite group of visionary leaders from public and private entities, both in the UAE and overseas.

Al Tayer aspired for the council to map out strategies and initiatives in support of Dubai Government efforts in line with the 8 Guiding Principles of Dubai, and the RTA’s efforts to promote Dubai’s role in leading the future of the transport industry worldwide.

The first meeting discussed four key elements: autonomous vehicles; technology and smart systems with reference to the future of transportation; new business models for encouraging the use of public and shared transport, and sustainable transport means.

The meeting reviewed the global trends of the future of transportation and projects RTA is considering to undertake in this regard. Attendees also viewed opportunities and challenges of transportation in the future as well as the existing opportunities for the future of transportation in Dubai.

WAM/Tariq alfaham


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